Post # 1
I mean, we all know about blood diamond and it’s a very real issue. But I was talking to my mother who mentioned that it was recently on the news that African slave workers were shot dead for wanting to keep some of the diamonds they found as payment for their hard labour. I’ve always known where diamonds come from, but this really hit me. I am Sudanese myself (Egyptian blood though), so I am constantly aware that ‘this could be me’ kind of thing, I’m just lucky my family got out.
I love my diamond, and I’d never give it up, but now I feel so guilty about it. I suppose this post really does nothing at all, but just wanted to share how I feel. If I’d known about Canadian (conflict free) diamonds I would have definitely gone that route. For those who still haven’t gotten a diamond, please try your best to get a conflict free diamond, I know it’s hard, given the monopoly big companies have on diamond distribution, but if you wanna change the world you have to start somewhere.
Thanks for hearing me out bees.
Post # 3
You can’t buy blood diamonds in the US. You can only import diamonds from conflict free regions, so no issues here!
Post # 4
@Baybeejulia: Are you sure yours is a ‘blood diamond’ though? We made sure mine was an ethically mined/conflict free diamond and a lot of them are these days. I can definitely understand your feelings about it as I’m totally against conflict diamonds too but yours may not necessarily be? Don’t want you to feel guilty about it for no reason!
Post # 5
@Baybeejulia: Too true. I hated the thought that someone suffered for the pretty rock on my hand, so I asked some stores…
Apparently, the diamonds for sale in retail locations where I live (not sure if it’s a Canadian thing or North American) are sourced from conflict free places. My diamond is not Canadian, but the paperwork does have a section certifying that the stones are conflict free and that the seller has made every effort to determine this via their sources. I hope it’s as true as they say. All of the shops I looked in had a similar clause. I imagine there must be some law pertaining to this?
Post # 6
@Baybeejulia: I don’t have a diamond, because:
(a) I think the whole diamond pricing system is a scam. Diamonds aren’t rare. DeBeers just has a monopoly.
(b) I prefer colored stones.
(c) I don’t like all of the bad stuff that goes on in the diamond industry.
That said, I don’t really know why so many people decide to get up in arms about diamonds, but happily drive everywhere they go. Do you have any idea how much injustice and environmental destruction is associated with the oil industry?
I’m not knocking people who drive. I drive a car. I just don’t understand why everyone chooses to lament the diamond industry but ignore the oil industry. Vent over.
Post # 7
@DJones69: That’s what they say, but all the companies will admit it is impossible to follow every diamond from it’s origin to it’s final destination.
Post # 8
@Baybeejulia: Your diamond is likely not a blood diamond. If you’re in Canada, most jewellers subscribe to the Kimberly Process. You can read about it here: http://www.kimberleyprocess.com
It basically guarantees that diamonds sold in Canada (and many other countries) are conflict-free.
Post # 9
If you bought your diamond in the US or Canada, it’s conflict free. No other kind can be sold.
DeBeers has tried to brainwash everyone with their garbage.
Post # 10
You probably don’t have a blood diamond. Good news!
Post # 11
@DJones69: Is that true? I know that the store where my ring was purchased says it only sells conflict-free diamonds, but I didn’t know that there was a law about it.
Post # 12
This is why I didn’t want a diamond at all. They are HORRIBLY over priced, and I agree with the other bees here that it’s hard to guarantee it’s a conflict free diamond every time. A lot of companies are willing to break the law and trade regulations to make money. We decided to go with moissanite because it is DEFINITELY conflict free, and it is much less money, plus I like that the reflect color so much.
Post # 13
That’s actually not true. While we do have something in place called “The Kimberly Process” used to make sure that conflict diamonds stay out of the main stream market. This prevents our consumption of diamonds from funding war, or rebel movements.
Diamonds coming out of countries must not finance rebel movements in order for the diamonds to be a part of the process. Diamonds that are a part of the Kimberly Process cannot be sold or traded to a country that does not participate in the process.
What the Kimberly Process leaves out as Brilliant Earth says on their website “What this definition leaves out is large numbers of diamonds that are tainted by violence, human rights abuses, poverty, and environmental degradation.”
They claim to have conflict free diamonds but even they state that it is not a 100% guarantee.
Because so much attention was drawn to blood diamonds, the Canadian diamond market seized on the opportunity to brand their diamonds and sell them at premium prices. Also Canada was faced with pressure from mining companies to explore and possibly ruin their natural land.
There is absolutely no way to assure that a diamond you buy here is not a blood diamond. NO POSITIVE WAY. There is no such thing as a conflict free diamond unless it was made in a lab. Either way there is a conflict. I am still deciding on diamond or something else for myself. Really it seems that Moissanite is the way to go if you want truly conflict free, and also sparkly.
Post # 14
I understand the sentiment against conflict diamonds given their bad history, but I don’t think it’s hardly as bad as “I have a diamond that isn’t from Canada, so it must be a blood diamond”. It’s illegal in the US to import a diamond that hasn’t gone through the Kimberly Process. Sure, people have issues with the Kimberly Process but you can poke holes in pretty much any regulation.
I’d imagine almost every mass produced consumer product, ranging from iPods to clothing, can be traced to some type of human tragedy. It’s a terrible thought, but it’s unfortunately a true one.
Post # 15
update: I just went to my jeweler for a clean and thought I would ask where he gets his diamonds from. Mine is conflict free! Yay! He said blood diamonds are pretty much impossible to come by because it’s so illegal so not to worry 🙂
Post # 16
less than 3% of diamonds on the market are conflict diamonds. Worry more about your gold or platinum, the precious metal surely comes with an uglier story. So too the rare earth minerals in your laptop and smartphone…